Chains of Command
Dale Brown
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Chains of Command

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When a volatile Russian leader tries to reclaim the former Soviet republics, Lt. Col. Daren Mace finds himself back in the cockpit of the sleek RF-111G "Vampire" bomber with Rebecca Furness, the military's first woman combat flier. Now Mace and Rebecca are in danger of being pulled into a war beyond borders . . . both professionally and personally. A critically acclaimed b...more
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Published May 1st 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published June 1st 1993)
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Jingoist tripe with cardboard characterization, insufferable protagonists, silly "plot" and tons of unnecessary exposition. In addition, there's an obligatory romance subplot devoid of all chemistry and character while one character's fiancée exists only to die and facilitate his righteous man-rage.

The first 150 pages or so are somewhat readable, since they are actually about flying. For the rest of the book you are treated to simplistic political ranting and rushed flying as the author struggle...more
Brett Tompkins
This was an incredible book! It runs you through all your emotions. I really like books that can actually make me sad, or piss me off. There were a couple characters in this book that absolutely pissed me off. One was weapons officer that worked under a woman pilot in an F-111, and the disrespectful way he spoke to her and treated her was actually pissing me off. The other character was the first lady. I couldn't believe what the president let her get away with, and the way she would treat the h...more
Mikel Dawson
I read this book just after Red Storm Rising. I had no idea who Dale Brown was, but soon learned he was a good writer. He also did a good job of researching his subjects and putting the book together. I found it to be a great read and have since read it over several times, enjoying each time as the first. A great book if you enjoy military situations and a great plot.
Here's another of Dale Brown's great books. This one is QUITE a bit more technical, so a lot of it went over my head, but I learned a lot about the territory around the Black Sea, the Ukraine, Turkey and ... fighter pilots and the intensity inside a cockpit during war. This one is about Major Daren Mace who made a fateful decision, during Desert Storm, to go against orders, which in his eyes was the only right thing to do. This move landed him in military exile. Now Mace has moved on to the Air...more
Pretty bland fare for a technothriller. The plot is just a bit too incredible and the author needs to get a better map of Europe in order to distinguish between Slovenia and Slovakia. So why did I read it? Lots and lots of aviation candy in, especially concerning about overlooked strike and bomber planes like the F-111. If you’re not into aviation, don’t bother with this one.
Jul 17, 2009 Patrick marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
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The situation looks very interesting, but too much profanity and sexual talk for me. I like political/military thrillers, but most of them have a lot of this stuff to be realistic. I don't read a lot of Tom Clancy anymore. I had hopes for this author. The genre may just be lost for me.
It took me a couple months to get through this book. The story was just a bit too unbelievable to really grab me, and I easily let it sit for weeks before returning to it in the hope it would get better, I finally finished it because I figured I was so far into it I may as well finish.
This book seemed like a chance for the author to show off his knowledge of military acronyms and specs of jets and planes. In between all of this boring part, the actual story wasn't half bad, but you had to wade through that part to get to the story.
It is an old book time-wise, but very interesting conjecture on the Clintons, the rise out of the mess that was the Soviet Union, and the impact of a first nuclear exchange. Well worth the read.
This was an interesting military thriller. The attacks on Bill and Hillary may have been a little heavy handed.
Tod Hamilton
One of my faves of Dale browns. Enjoyed it, but split the reading up, spending time on other books as well.
Got to love a good page-turner -- lets me escape!
Nail biter right from the start
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Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of eleven consecutive New York Times best-selling military-action-aviation adventure novels: FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG (1987), SILVER TOWER (1988), DAY OF THE CHEETAH (1989), HAMMERHEADS (1990), SKY MASTERS (1991), NIGHT OF THE HAWK (1992), CHAINS OF COMMAND (1993), STORMING HEAVEN (1994), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996) and FATAL TERRAIN (1997)...more
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